Preliminary hearing for Macosko
Matthew Macosko was held to answer on drug charges Monday following a preliminary hearing in El Dorado County Superior Court.
The medicinal marijuana advocate was arrested Oct. 2 after narcotics agents served a warrant charging him with providing marijuana to minors earlier this year. He also faces a drug transportation charge after police serving the warrant found a quarter-pound of pot in his car.
Monday’s hearing involved statements made by two siblings, ages 12 and 15, who this spring were living at the Sky Lake Lodge where Macosko was also staying. The children did not appear in court but their statements were entered into evidence.
In a taped interview, the 12-year-old told investigators that she never smoked marijuana with Macosko but that he had given her marijuana to deliver to her brother. She also said Macosko shared pot with her 16-year-old “ex-boyfriend.”
“Did you ever hear this guy making any statements about weed?” a prosecutor asked.
“Yeah, he said that he sold weed, and that he loved weed and that he always smoked it,” the girl replied.
Attorney: “Anything else about him that you think I might care about?”
Girl: “He’s kinda weird.”
The 15-year-old said Macosko occasionally sold him small quantities of marijuana but most often they would “just hang out and smoke.”
Macosko remains free on $75,000 bail. He will be arraigned during his next court appearance Oct. 26, when motions are scheduled to be heard in a separate case stemming from Macosko’s April arrest for picking up a parcel of marijuana at the Al Tahoe post office.
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